Congressman: 'Hitler Thought It More Important Than Obama To Get To Paris'
Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) invoked Adolf Hitler in order to criticize President Barack Obama for missing Sunday's massive anti-terror rally in France.
In a Twitter post on Monday, Weber implied that Hitler's invasion of France during World War II showed more initiative than Obama.
"Even Adolph Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn't do it for right reasons," Weber wrote from his verified government account.
Weber's argument was quickly mocked and criticized. Rep. Steve Israel (D-New York) said he agreed with Weber that Obama should have gone to Paris, but labeled Weber's tweet "vile" and an insult to Holocaust victims.
I disagree w Potus absence in Paris but Rep Randy Weber tweet is vile, desecrates holocaust victims. Cong leaders must condemn!— Steve Israel (@RepSteveIsrael) January 13, 2015
"I think it's fair to say that we should have sent someone of a higher profile to be there," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.
Earnest said security and logistical concerns were contributing factors to why Obama couldn't attend the event.